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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (52) / 8/27/1962
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190

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Mike Haviland has decided to leave his post as the Hershey Bears' coach to serve behind the bench at Colorado College.
Haviland was one of the top candidates to become the Washington Capitals' bench boss in 2012, but the job went to Adam Oates instead. Oates was recently fired from that post. May 9 - 3:56 PM

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A major reason for the firing of coach Adam Oates and the non-renewal of GM George McPhee was the players exit interviews.

All did not go well for Oates and McPhee as owner Ted Leonsis and team President Dick Patrick did not like what was said. "When we spoke to all of the individuals, we said, 'We know this is uncomfortable and you should be able to tell us whatever you want or tell us nothing, but whatever you tell us is just going to be between me and Dick because we're seeking out information,'" Leonsis said. The Capitals will now hire a new GM who will hire a new head coach.
Apr 27 - 10:05 AM

The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee.

Despite Alexander Ovechkin leading the NHL in goals, the Caps did not make the playoffs. "George has been a terrific, longtime executive for our franchise, and I’m grateful for his commitment to the organization for the past 17 years," said Caps owner Ted Leonsis. "Under his leadership the Capitals won seven division titles. . . He was a highly effective manager who is extremely well regarded within our organization and around the NHL. We have the utmost respect for him and his family and wish them nothing but the very best. We are also appreciative of Adam’s efforts and thank him for his devotion, work ethic and contributions the past two seasons. He is a smart, tactical coach who improved the performance of several of our players. He is a Hall of Fame player who we believe will be a longtime coach in the NHL. We will help him in whatever way we are able and wish him well."
Apr 26 - 10:51 AM

When the curtain closes on the Capitals’ 2013-14 season this may be the statistic that stands out the most:

When they have scored two or fewer goals this season the Caps are 0-25-6. Conversely, when they’ve scored three or more they are 24-4-7. "Two goals against on the road should be enough," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We couldn’t score." Actually, the Capitals could score, but just once in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. And now the Caps are in serious danger of missing the playoffs, despite having one of the best teams in the NHL on paper with the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Apr 5 - 11:27 AM

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn't a fan of shootouts.

That's despite the fact that the Capitals have an 8-3 record in shootouts this season. "I don't believe in them," he said. "I know the fans like it, but that's because it has kind of a carnival effect. I mean, I get it. It's in the rules, but maybe because I never played with it, I don't really like it very much." The NHL has shown signs that they want to see less shootouts. They excluded shootout wins when determining the number of victories each team has for the top playoff tiebreaker, which gives teams added incentive to finish tied contests in the overtime period. There's also been talk of extending overtime to reduce the likelihood of a shootout. At the same time, it doesn't look like the skills competition is going to go away entirely as it guarantees that no game will end in a tie without the risk of contests continuing indefinitely.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 09:59:00 AM

While he didn't name names, Washington coach Adam Oates blamed senior members of the Capitals for a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday night.

"Tonight I’m a little more mad at the older guys for [not] helping the young kids out," Oates said, presumably referring to mistakes by Mikhael Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat, all of which led to Montreal goals. "We cant expect to win games going down 3-0," said Troy Brouwer, who tried to get things going with a first-period fight with P.K. Subban and a team-high six hits. "It’s been a big problem of ours all season long, getting down by goals. We have the ability in this room to come back, but you’re not going to be able to do it every night." Asked what could generate better starts, Brouwer quipped: "Maybe we need better music or something. We need to find a way to get better."
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby seems to be at odds with some of his teammates when it comes to how Washington is preparing for games.

"You see too much of guys joking around and listening to music and just looking really loose, like it's a practice," Holtby said. "We're paid to prepare, [not to] have a dance party before the game." On the other hand, Nicklas Backstrom feels that individual players can be trusted to get ready for games in their own way. Capitals coach Adam Oates, who referred to himself as a "jokester" in the leadup to games during his playing days, agreed with Backstrom. Meanwhile Washington is 5-7-0 this season.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:50:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have been outscored 9-4 in first periods this season.

Those slow starts have led to Washington's 2-4-0 record. "We've got to figure out a way to just be focused earlier," Coach Adam Oates said. "The biggest thing that's frustrating is the passing for me. You're passing it to your buddy, you put it in his feet and you put him in a difficult situation. We've got to conquer that, and we will." Even on Monday when they beat Edmonton 4-2 and were tied through 20 minutes, the Capitals were only able to get three shots on goal in the first period. They'll play another struggling team on Wednesday in the New York Rangers.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Capitals coach Adam Oates wants his team to stay the course despite the slow start.

The Capitals are 1-3 at the start of the season and their second line has no points at even strength. "Obviously we want wins, but I told the boys (Friday), we did a lot of good things," Oates said. "Our team is not a team that I think has problems scoring goals. We are right now, but that’s not going to be our forte. Keep playing the way we’re playing. ... That’s the message, and if it means at some point we’ve got to shake it up, I’ll shake it up. But I don’t think it’s a chemistry thing right now."
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 11:50:00 AM

The Washington Capitals aren't looking to mix up their lines just yet.

Washington has been great with the man advantage, but has been outscored 9-to-3 in even-strength situations. "I'm really not worried about it at all," Oates said Tuesday. "We know what guys can do. We have a lot of guys who need a couple goals and relax. I'm a very patient guy when it comes to that. You've got to give a guy a fair amount of time to let everything happen." Washington will try to do better in that regard on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:40:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have converted on five of their first nine power-play chances.

Washington was the NHL's top power-play team last season and has the tools to make that happen again. Of course, Washington hasn't had much difficulty scoring goals in even-strength situations either in this very early stage of the season.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 09:05:00 AM

The NHL has made it official that the Washington Capitals will host the Winter Classic in 2015.

"The excitement of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to grow, and bringing the 2015 event to the D.C. area will write another chapter in the game's great history of entertainment," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are looking forward to being in Washington with the Capitals' great fans."
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 11:49:00 AM

There have been multiple reports suggesting that the Washington Capitals will host the 2015 Winter Classic.

The news still hasn't been publicly released, although the Capitals have stated that they will make a "major announcement" on Saturday. The venue is still unknown, although Nationals Park is the likely location. The Capitals opponent also still isn't known. Washington played in the 2011 Winter Classic, but this will be their first time hosting the event.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:17:00 AM

The Washington Capitals made seven cuts from their pre-season roster Sunday.

The team released forwards Boston Leier and Chance Braid, defensemen Garrett Haar, Jaynen Rissling, Madison Bowey and Tyler Lewington and goalie Louis-Philip Guindon. None were expected to crack the team's lineup.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 10:45:00 AM

The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers will resume their annual prospect game Sept. 9.

This will be the sixth game in the series, which was cancelled by the lockout last fall. The two teams will place at the Caps' practice facility and the event will be free and open to the public.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 04:10:00 PM

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All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Jay Beagle
4Eric Fehr
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8John Erskine
9Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters